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Dozens of police break up brawl at church

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FLETCHER, NC (AP) -- A dispute over leadership at a Henderson County church has turned from angry words to fist fights. About 30 police officers from five agencies were called to break up fights Sunday at Greater New Zion Baptist Church in Fletcher.

Henderson County Sheriff's Capt. Jerry Rice says the brawl is under investigation, and no one appears to have been seriously hurt.

Rice says there were about 75 people at the church when police arrived, but not all of them were scuffling.

Church members are divided over the recent ouster of the Rev. LeVonia Ray as pastor of the church. The fighting apparently began over whether a vote should be held to reinstate Ray.

No charges have been filed.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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